A week of dinners 4.28.17

Sunday: Pati Jinich's Mexican Dreamboat Dreamboat Hot Dogs with salad

Groceries: Bacon, hot dogs, onion, tomato, pickled jalapeños, hot dog buns, cheddar cheese, and ketchup/mustard if you don't already have them. Salad greens.

A craving for this came clear out of the blue—maybe it's the warmer weather. But Sunday was the day for Pati Jinich's Mexican dreamboat hot dogs. I learned about this recipe, based on a beloved street snack in Mexico City, when I interviewed Jinich almost a year ago. (Speaking of dreamboats, she was such a delightful interview.) I cheated a bit and used salsa instead of making her mustard and ketchup sauce. Still rocked. 

Monday: Milk braised pork chops with salad

Groceries: Pork chops, milk, garlic, fresh herbs, salad greens

We had milk going sour on us so I decided to braise some pork chops. Cooking with sour milk is perfectly safe, by the way. I browned the chops a couple minutes on each side, browned a few cloves of garlic in the pan, and then covered with milk, throwing in some fresh thyme. I can't remember how long I braised (covered), but it was at least 45 minutes. Makes for extra tender chops and no, you can't taste the sour.

Tuesday: Indian delivery, oh yeah! 

Sometimes the Seamless spirits call out to you. This place near us makes a tasty Kerala chicken curry and their mango lassi is not too sweet.

Wednesday: Beef and ramps sliders

Groceries: Ground meat, ramps, greens, brioche or other rolls, any toppings you like

The farmer's market returned to my town on Wednesday. Joy! I picked up loads of ramps and mixed them with ground beef for burgers topped with some chimichurri and loads of greens on mini challa rolls. Thinly slice 3 ramps, including the greens, and mix with a pound of beef (or other ground meat). 

Thursday: Purple sweet potato stew with chicken and spring produce

Groceries: Stock, 1-2 purple sweet potatoes, 1 pound chicken thighs, ramps, rhubarb, spinach

I love Stokes purple sweet potatoes, especially what they do to a stew. I started with a homemade pork stock (pressure cooked for 4 hours but chicken stock would also work) and dissolved 2 tablespoons yellow miso and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar. Then I  added chopped potatoes and chicken. Once those seemed mostly cooked through I added chopped ramps (greens and bulb), 1 large stalk of rhubarb, and at the very end, some spinach leaves. I'll take this over a unicorn latte any day.

Friday: Sardines and salad

Groceries: Fresh sardines (1-2 per person), garlic, lemons, paprika, fresh parsley, salad greens plus toppings

It's a warm day so we'll go light with some little fishes. I'm going to do a variation on this grilled sardines recipe. Since I don't have a grill I'll probably pan broil them instead. I'll make an olive oil-based dressing and maybe top it with hazelnuts and blackberries.